02 March 2015
Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each photograph to enlarge.
Winter continues to drive the daily dialogue and monologue. But the finale of this season’s wrath is set to wane in a matter of weeks. I breathe a huge sigh of relief and more and more enthusiasm for the work ahead in my gardens. True that energy does not dissipate, it just must be coveted inwardly, only to be let loose in the pre-dawn of Springtime.
More than memory’s stronghold, I cannot recall a recent winter that had so many fixated on the weather. It’s invasive and restrictive mechanisms (to hold us captive emotionally and physically) have been too pervasive.
Still this very intrusion gives pause for other kinds of introspection: the lore of hibernation and survival as well as thoughts of renewal and rejuvenation. These ideas lead to the mind’s play with the circadian rhythm (nature and human nature’s response to light and dark) and the life cycle, beginning with the egg.
As I began to make an omelet this week, one of the eggs came from the carton with a small teardrop gently appearing on top. I paused.
Then I set up a photo shoot, slowly cracking its shell to reveal more and more of the egg white or albumen. As the light was caught in its path, it reflected the tree that hovers outside my kitchen glass doors. It mesmerized my attention. The symbolism was palpable.
The egg became the voice for my dreams of seasonal change. My romantic bent was surfacing, but I didn’t care. It seemed an apt sign of what spurs the human spirit: all that Spring incites, all that Spring promises.
Then I sipped my morning tea, and there they were. Small songbirds seemingly ready for new life. As if forecasting what is to come, they were in a ritual dance chasing and darting in a small group of three. It was a glorious signpost–a signpost that my birdhouses will be filled with hope: tiny eggs of nature’s bounty.
Tip of the Week:
Since I tend to be a purist, I like being exposed to artists who push boundaries farther than I ever will. Jerry Uelsmann (born 1934) is an accomplished photographer who specializes in photomontage. He has spent his career mastering darkroom techniques. His mission circles around the magic of photography through alchemy. His work is very Man Ray-like. Long before digital tools were the rave, Uelsmann was creating photographic assemblages that combine frozen moments of reality with dream-like components. He uses multiple enlargers to make a single image that grabs the viewer to discern just what he has made. As more and more digital image-makers bring numerous apps to their work, Uelsmann’s work is important to study. He continues to use the chemical darkroom in the age of the digital one. But his influence is well-known, even in the technological age of continual change. View his work here.
“ The camera is essentially a license to EXPLORE.” ~~ Jerry Uelsmann
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.